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Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
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Mar 10, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: neuroscience

I think 3.5 would be a better rating. It was a fascinating look into how memory works but doesn't elaborate much on the techniques for memorization except for an superficial overview. This book is a great intro into the subject and does list a number of other books that one can check out if they want to do further research into the memory techniques.

At its core the gist of the book is that human memory doesn't work like a computer with "file storage" but instead works through associations, a spiderweb, ironically enough just like how neurons appear where one thought has multiple connections with other thoughts and emotions. By far the brain records spatial images better than abstract ones and so if you can create powerful associations of abstract concepts with novel spatial images you will be able to remember it better and longer. This technique is called the "memory palace" where you literally walk through a house full of obscure / obscene images to remember things.

The last bit is that the art of memorization is something that has to be learned and practiced, but if worked at it will help you memorize a significant amount of random facts.

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March 10, 2011 – Shelved
March 11, 2012 –
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